After Monty Panesar, now England's Graeme Fowler talks of depression battle

London: Former England batsman Graeme Fowler said yesterday that Twitter conversations had prompted him to write a book, ‘Absolutely Foxed’, which chronicles his experience of depression.

Graeme Fowler. Pic/Getty Images
Graeme Fowler. Pic/Getty Images

“At the end of every season, come September, in the first week I would lock myself in the house. I’d get a huge pile of videos and watch films for the week,” Fowler told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special in an interview during the lunch break of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka in Durham.

“I took that as recharging my batteries. Was that a precursor to mental health issues? I don’t really know.”

He added: “I didn’t find writing about it cathartic. When I was depressed I was on Twitter, firing things into the dark. I got messages of support coming back. It was helping me and helping them. That’s how the book came about.”

Fowler, who made his name with his native Lancashire, played 21 Tests for England from 1982-85. As an opening batsman, he was good enough both to score a Test hundred against the formidable West Indies pace attack at Lord’s in 1984 and a double century against India in Madras a year later.

Fowler, set to become a mental health ambassador with England’s Professional Cricketers’ Association. Fowler’s interview came a day after England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar, now trying to revive his career where it all began with Northamptonshire, following spells with Sussex and Essex, said he had experienced paranoia and anxiety while suffering from mental health problems.

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